September 01, 2004
A Marine Mom Speaks Out on the NYC Demonstrations
Theresa Bonopartis is the mother of a United States Marine. Her son is one of the brave men that protect and defend the rights of all Americans to exercise their right to both free speech and peaceful dissent, including the protestors in New York City. After watching news reports of the protestors carrying flag-draped cardboard coffins through the streets, many of us were appalled that these protestors would use the deaths of our brave men and women as political capital. They do not understand the meaning of sacrifice. One has to be able to sacrifice to understand its meaning.
I am a new Marine mom. I must admit, although I always thought I respected the military, I had no clue about the extent of the sacrifices these families make to give us the freedoms we so often take for granted. I also did not know what an emotional roller coaster I myself would be on once my son made the decision to serve our country as a United States Marine. I admit, I do not understand all of the thinking of the military, and I probably never will; what I do know is these young men and women made the decision to serve, to protect and defend, and that they are well trained to do so. Over the past few months I have been blessed to correspond with many families of the Marines as they guide us new folks on the road of being part of the Marine family. I have celebrated with them as their sons or daughter received promotions. I have worried with those whose sons or daughters are in the sandbox. I have prayed with them as they voiced their fears and relayed serious wounds that need to heal and I have cried with them, when they have experienced that terrible knock at the door telling them that their children are not coming home. I have learned it truly is a family; one I am not always glad I now belong to because many time it is just too painful. The more time passes however, the prouder I am, and as I learn how amazing these military men and women are. Of course, I am most amazed at the degree of self-sacrifice, even to the point of death. A sacrifice that enables us the freedoms each one of us enjoys each day. A sacrifice that has bought with its blood over the years, the right to free speech and to demonstrate, as we will see over the next week. As I watched the “Anti-war” demonstration Sunday, I kept reminding myself of that as I read the hateful signs directed at our Commander-in-Chief. I strained to read as many of them as I could…”NO Draft”, “Keep Abortion Legal”, “Gay Marriage”, “Money for AIDS not for War” etc., etc. We all have the right to voice our opinions, that is what this country is all about, that is what the men and women in the military are there to ensure, however, when I saw the flag draped coffins in the midst of those signs, I have to admit, I became angry and it took me a while to remind myself that even this right soldiers have died for. Yes, being the parent of a military person is not easy, especially when you think of the people that exploit them like Michael Moore, or one of the many who voice concern for our troops but by their actions hurt their morale. You can’t help thinking they really do not care about the troops but only their own agendas. Personally, I hate the thought that my son may die for Michael Moore and his rights or the right of others who are so self-serving. Then I remind myself again, that this is the freedom our military is fighting for, yes, even Michael Moore. I know that many who read this will not like what I have said, but hey, I have a right to free speech too, and my son is risking his life for it.Copyright ©2000-2004. MichNews.com. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted with permission.
Posted by Deb at September 1, 2004 01:34 PM
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Tracked on September 3, 2004 08:26 AM
Theresa I am with you all the way on this one. God Bless our Marines!!!!
Posted by: ginger at September 2, 2004 05:52 AM
Thank you. And thank your Marines. Some of us understand that what they do allows us to be free.
Allow me to quote John Stuart Mill, as I believe his words are especially appropriate in this context:
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
Posted by: Brian B at September 3, 2004 08:18 AM
My daughter is stationed in Okinawa Japan. I have learned alot about the military thanks to her. I t would be nice if all Americans understood what it's like for our soldiers. My daughter may not be in Iraq,but she feels it everday where she is. Alot of her friends have been deployed to Iraq from Okinawa.Never knowing if she'll see those people alive again has been very upsetting for her. These soldiers are fighting for our freedom as well as millions around the world. The protesting in New York against the war is disturbing but we know it's for a good cause. God willing maybe the world will understand that too.I pray everday for our troops. I wish them a safe return home.And I thank them for their courage. Without them where would we be?
Posted by: Sherri at September 3, 2004 02:34 PM
I have seen these people on the streets and think to myself, why would you put extra strain on the troops. I have done 5 years in the Marine Corps myself and now am in school to become an attorney to help protect the peoples who cannot protect themselves. Remember the ones that protest are the ones that are afraid and scared. They cannot help themselves because of their fears they cannot grasp the points of freedom. 28 million Iraqis got the chance to vote for someone they thought would protect them. We protected them so this could happen. Don't rely on the papers for information about the casualties of war. Someone must be willing to help out when a people cannot protect themselves. It is not about oil or money but about the right of a human to be free. Thank you for your support and it means more to us troops than you can ever imagine.....Semper Fi
Posted by: Barry at May 28, 2007 06:00 PM